Weight gain is a good sign that it is not cancer. Weight loss is usually associated with colon cancer. I had weight loss prior to my diagnoses. Know that colon cancer is one of the slower growing cancers, especially in the beginning.
Hi Lee, hubby and I have said to each other: Hm.. wonder if our GP would have reacted/investigated if hubby had told him that he lost 2 kilo in a month. That was the only(!) sign he had before he got totally blocked.
Every 2 years he had done a screen test that came recommended in the post. Every time it was good news... apart from that small weight loss, he had NO signs until totally blocked and emergency colostomy and .. stage IV.
Now we recommend colonoscopy to all our friends.
Good Luck to you Starr12 !
Keeping my fingers crossed for good news for your DH !
I was actually trying to loose weight when I was diagnosed, so I just assumed I was doing all the right things when I lost a few pounds. After I was diagnosed, the shock of it, I lost all desires to eat, thus I was losing weight fast. That is when my Onc said to stop losing weight. It was hard, butt I did not loose anymore weight. After that and over the next 3 years, I gradually gained a lot of weight. I would be 3 1/2 years out from diagnoses when my Onc allowed me diet "slowly". Thus I joined Weight Watchers.
In the late 1970's, a friend of mine, her dad lost 20 pounds and he felt great, it was the next 20 pounds that got his attention. Not sure if he had other symptoms, butt they exploratory surgery on him and found the rectal cancer. He woke up with the bag, started chemo, died about 6 month following his surgery. He was only 46. There has been a lot of advancements in the past 50 years.
Colon cancer can be very sneaky,